damaged houses, crops Bhubaneswar, Aug 18 (PTI) The flood-like situation witnessed in parts of Odisha showed signs of improvement on Tuesday with the intensity of rainfall subsiding, even as 933 villages were affected and 321 houses damaged in the worst-hit Malkangiri district, officials said.
However, a fresh downpour is likely in parts of the state over the next few days as another low-pressure area is all set to form over the Bay of Bengal by Wednesday. The state has been battered by heavy rains due to the formation of three-back-to-back low-pressure areas this month, they said.
Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) P K Jena said the district collectors have been asked to remain alert and closely monitor the situation in view of the fresh low- pressure area forecast by the IMD.
A clear picture of the intensity of rainfall and areas where it may occur will emerge after the low-pressure area forms, he said.
As per preliminary reports, around 933 villages in Malkangiri have been affected by the heavy rains that pounded Odisha since August 13, Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Sudam Marndi said after conducting an aerial survey of the affected areas in the district.
The minister, who along with Jena held a review meeting with senior officials of Malkangiri, said that crops over 1,971 hectares of agricultural land have been affected due to the torrential rainfall, which also damaged 321 houses.
Marndi said the district collector has been asked to conduct a thorough survey and submit a report on the extent of the damage within a week.
The state government will take steps for payment of compensation to the affected farmers and people within 48 hours of getting the assessment report, he said.
Though rainfall has subsided in the state, some low- lying areas in Malkangiri were still under water, officials said, adding that all the seven blocks in the district were affected.
Severely hit were Kalimela and Mathili blocks, they said.
While the water level in Sileru and Saberi rivers was yet to reduce, the flood-like situation in Motu tehsil remained grim.
The situation in Jajpur, Dhenkanal, Deogarh, Kendrapara, Subarnapur, Bhadrak, Boudh and Bargarh showed signs of considerable improvement, officials said.
The Meteorological Centre said a cyclonic circulation now lies over northeast Bay of Bengal and the neighbouring areas. Under its influence, a fresh low-pressure area is likely to form over the north Bay of Bengal by Wednesday.
It is likely to become more marked during the subsequent 24 hours and move westwards gradually. Under its impact, rainfall of varying intensity will lash most parts of the state, particularly north Odisha, it said.
Heavy rainfall is likely to occur at some places in Bargarh, Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Deogarh, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Angul, Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jajpur, Bhadrak and Kendrapara by Wednesday morning.
Similarly, heavy to very heavy rainfall may occur in some areas of Sambalpur, Deogarh, Angul, Dhenkanal, Sundargarh, Cuttack, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Bhadrak, Keonjhar, Bolangir, Sonepur.
Extremely heavy rainfall is likely in some parts of Angul, Deogarh and Sambalpur on Wednesday and Thursday, it said.
On Thursday, some parts of Bargarh, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Keonjhar and Deogarh districts are likely to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall, it said.
Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea along and off Odisha coast on Wednesday and Thursday as squally weather with surface wind up to 50 kmph speed may prevail. PTI SKN SOM SOM